News: DMX Lives Up To Past Mistakes, "I Would't Change A Thing" [Video]
Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 5:05PM
Former Ruff Ryders leader DMX has come forward to speak on his past career mistakes and admitted that despite having endured multiple jail sentences, he does not regret any past decision he has made.
Appearing on "106 & Park" this week, X also expressed his perspective on today's rap game.
"I wouldn't change one thing," he told hosts Rocsi and Terrence. "That made me the man I am today and I love the way I am." When asked what he thought of today's popular rappers, he responded, "I really don't think about other rappers, no disrespect. I'd rather focus on what I am seeing, the message I need to get across." On "Last Hope," X rhymes over a beat which was previously used by Drake. "I didn't know it was his song," said X. "I heard the beat, the hook. I'm like, 'I gotta beast on that.' Thanks for bringing it to the table, I guess." (Rap-Up)
X recently made headlines for questioning Lil B's decision to drop an album titled I'm Gay (I'm Happy).
"Serious? You serious," DMX asked when told of Lil B's album title. "Lil B? Lil B? Lil B*tch? There is power in words. There is power in words. You gave us power and the word, think before you speak that way when I speak you know I'm gonna teach. There is power in words. But don't go over there. Don't go 'that' way. Ugh. I'm at a point where I don't care what anybody else is doing. I don't even give a f*ck over what anybody else is doing. I know what I'm doing." (XXL Mag)
In early August, X revealed that he was battling manic depression.
The 40-year-old rapper has admitted to suffering from bipolar disorder. He claims he doesn't really know how to separate Earl Simmons from "X." "X, X is the bad guy," DMX argues. "I used to be really clear about who was what and what each characteristics each personality had, but at this point I'm not even sure there is a difference." "I'm Earl when I'm with my children," DMX replied with sad emotion. "I miss my children, I miss my children, I miss my children." Instead of drugs, DMX said music is his fix now. Each day a new beginning. (ABC 15 News)
Over the summer, he promised to make a strong return to the music industry following nearly a year-long stint behind bars.
"I kind of took it back to how I felt on my first album -- the hunger, the energy, the hardness of it," says the 40-year-old rapper (real name: Earl Simmons), who was released from prison on July 19. "I've had a lot of late nights in the studio, getting it in, getting it back to where it's supposed to be," says DMX, whose last album, 2006's "Year of the Dog... Again," has sold 344,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The rapper also notes that the lyrical focus of the album will be "bringing hip-hop back to where it's supposed to be. It's not at a good place right now... [There's] a lot of whack rappers out there. It's too corny." (Billboard)
Check out a portion of DMX's interview down below: